Jerry Maguire

Jerry Maguire is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama sports film written, produced, and directed by Cameron Crowe, and stars Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, and Regina King. Produced in part by long time Simpsons producer James L. Brooks, it was inspired by sports agent Leigh Steinberg, who acted as technical consultant on the crew.[2][3][4] It was released in North American theaters on December 13, 1996, produced by Gracie Films and distributed by TriStar Pictures.

Jerry Maguire
Jerry Maguire movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCameron Crowe
Produced by
Written byCameron Crowe
Based onLeigh Steinberg
Music byNancy Wilson
CinematographyJanusz Kamiński
Edited byJoe Hutshing
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
‹See TfM›
  • December 13, 1996 (1996-12-13)
Running time
139 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$50 million[1]
Box office$273.6 million[1]

The film received critical acclaim, with critics praising its acting and writing. The film was a financial success, bringing in more than $273 million worldwide against its $50 million budget.[1] It was the ninth-highest-grossing film of 1996. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Tom Cruise, with Cuba Gooding Jr. winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. The film was also nominated for three Golden Globes, with Cruise winning for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards, with Gooding winning Best Supporting Actor.


Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) is a glossy 35-year-old sports agent working for Sports Management International (SMI). After experiencing a life-altering epiphany about his role as a sports agent, he writes a mission statement about perceived dishonesty in the sports management business and his desire to work with fewer clients to produce a better personal relationship with them. In turn, SMI management decides to send Bob Sugar (Jay Mohr), Jerry's protégé, to fire him. Consequently, Jerry and Sugar each call all of Jerry's clients to try and convince them not to hire the services of the other. Jerry speaks to Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.), one of his clients who is disgruntled with his contract. He needs a $10 million contract for his family to live on. Jerry informs him if he gets injured for the season, he will get no money from the Cardinals. Rod tests Jerry's resolve through a very long telephone conversation, while Sugar is able to persuade the rest of Jerry's clients to stick with SMI instead.

Leaving the office, Jerry announces that he will start his own agency and asks if anyone is willing to join him, to which only 26-year-old single mother Dorothy Boyd (Renée Zellweger) agrees. Meanwhile, Frank "Cush" Cushman (Jerry O'Connell), a superstar quarterback prospect who expects to be the number one pick in the NFL Draft, initially also stays with Jerry after he makes a visit to the Cushman home. However, Sugar is able to persuade Cushman and his father to sign with SMI over Jerry the night before the draft. Cushman's father implies they decided to sign with Sugar over Jerry due to Tidwell's race, stating they signed while Jerry was "in the lobby with the black fella".

After an argument, Jerry breaks up with his disgruntled fiancée Avery (Kelly Preston). He then turns to Dorothy, becoming closer to her young son, Ray (Jonathan Lipnicki), and eventually starts a relationship with her. Dorothy contemplates moving to San Diego as she has a secure job offer there; however, she and Jerry agree to get married. Jerry concentrates all his efforts on Rod, now his only client, who turns out to be very difficult to satisfy ("Show me the money"). Over the next several months, the two direct harsh criticism towards each other with Rod claiming that Jerry is not trying hard enough to get him a contract while Jerry claims that Rod is not proving himself worthy of the money for which he asks; one point of contention is that Rod is not very likable and comes across as aloof to the fans. Rod takes Jerry's advice to prove he is worthy of his contract. Rod is playing well and his team is winning. Meanwhile, Jerry's marriage with Dorothy gradually deteriorates and they eventually separate.

During a Monday Night Football game between the Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys, Rod plays well but appears to receive a serious injury when catching a winning touchdown, securing a spot for the Cardinals in the playoffs. He recovers, however, and dances for the wildly cheering crowd. Afterwards, Jerry and Rod embrace in front of other athletes and sports agents and show how their relationship has progressed from a strictly business one to a close personal one, which was one of the points Jerry made in his mission statement. He then flies back home to meet Dorothy, telling her that he loves her and wants her in his life, which she accepts, uttering "You had me at hello." Rod later appears on Roy Firestone's sports show. Unbeknownst to him, Jerry has secured him an $11.2 million contract with the Cardinals allowing him to finish his pro football career in Arizona. The visibly emotional Rod proceeds to thank everyone and extends warm gratitude to Jerry. Jerry speaks with several other pro athletes, some of whom have read his earlier mission statement and respect his work with Rod.

The movie ends with Ray throwing a baseball up in the air, surprising Jerry, who then discusses Ray's possible future career in the sports industry with Dorothy.


Janet Jackson auditioned and was initially accepted for the role of Marcee Tidwell, though it later went to Regina King, who previously co-starred in Janet Jackson's debut film Poetic Justice.[6][7] Jackson is referenced twice in the film, with a Janet poster seen hanging in Teepee's room and Cuba Gooding Jr.'s character Rod Tidwell asking "What Have You Done for Me Lately?", paying homage to Jackson's hit of the same name.[8][9]

Artie Lange filmed a scene for the movie but was edited out of the final cut.[8]

Patricia Arquette, Kate Beckinsale, Bridget Fonda, Winona Ryder and Marisa Tomei were all considered for the part of Dorothy.[5] Mira Sorvino was also considered for Dorothy but the producers would not meet her quote.[5] Damon Wayans and Mykelti Williamson were considered for the role of Rod Tidwell.[5] Diane Lane was considered for the role of Avery Bishop, however the role was eventually given to Kelly Preston.[5] Billy Wilder was considered for the part of Jerry's mentor Dicky Fox.[5]

Product placementEdit

TriStar received merchandise and marketing services of over $1.5 million from Reebok in exchange for incorporating a commercial into the film and depicting the Reebok brand within certain agreed-upon standards; when the film was theatrically released, the commercial had been left out and a tirade including "broadsides against Reebok" was included.[10] When the film aired on television, the Reebok commercial had been embedded into the film as originally agreed upon.[10] The "Special Edition" DVD release of the film, which has the film's theatrical edit, includes the commercial as bonus content.


Box officeEdit

The film debuted at number one.[11] It earned $17,084,296 its opening weekend, and eventually grossed $153,952,592 in North American box office and approximately $119.6 million internationally for a $273,552,592 worldwide total, on a budget of $50 million.[1] It is the ninth top-grossing film of 1996 and the fourth highest-grossing romantic drama film of all time.[12]

Critical responseEdit

The film received critical acclaim. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an approval rating of 83% based on reviews from 82 critics with an average score of 7.67/10. Its consensus states: "Anchored by dazzling performances from Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Renée Zellweger, as well as Cameron Crowe's tender direction, Jerry Maguire meshes romance and sports with panache."[13] On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 77 out of 100 based on reviews from 28 critics.[14] Cuba Gooding Jr. won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Rod Tidwell, the Arizona Cardinals football player who sticks with Maguire. Cruise was also nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role and the movie marked Renée Zellweger's breakout role. The film itself was nominated for Best Picture, and crew members on the film were nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing awards.

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3/4 stars, writing that there "are so many subplots that Jerry Maguire seems too full" and also commented that the film "starts out looking cynical and quickly becomes a heartwarmer."[15] Todd McCarthy of Variety wrote "An exceptionally tasty contempo comedic romance, Jerry Maguire runs an unusual pattern on its way to scoring an unexpected number of emotional, social and entertaining points. Smartly written and boasting a sensational cast, Cameron Crowe's shrewdly observed third feature also gives Tom Cruise one of his very best roles..."[16]

Former Green Bay Packers vice president Andrew Brandt stated that the film "accurately portrayed the cutthroat nature of the agent business, especially the lengths to which agents will go to retain or pilfer clients. It also captured the financial, emotional and psychological investment that goes far beyond negotiating contracts."[17]


Association Category Recipient Result
20/20 Awards Best Picture James L. Brooks
Cameron Crowe
Bridget Johnson
Laurence Mark
Richard Sakai
Best Original Screenplay Cameron Crowe Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. Nominated
Best Song "Secret Garden" Nominated
Academy Awards Best Picture James L. Brooks
Laurence Mark
Richard Sakai
Cameron Crowe
Best Actor Tom Cruise Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Cameron Crowe Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. Won
Best Film Editing Joe Hutshing Nominated
American Comedy Awards Funniest Supporting Male Actor in a Motion Picture Cuba Gooding Jr. Won
ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Top Box Office Films Nancy Wilson Won
Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Motion Picture James L. Brooks
Cameron Crowe
Laurence Mark
Richard Sakai
Best Director Cameron Crowe Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Nominated
Best Actor in a Leading Role Tom Cruise Nominated
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Cuba Gooding Jr. Nominated
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Renee Zellweger Nominated
Best Film Editing Joe Hutshing Nominated
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Comedy/Romance Tom Cruise Won
Favorite Supporting Actor - Comedy/Romance Cuba Gooding Jr. Won
Favorite Supporting Actress - Comedy/Romance Renee Zellweger Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. Won
Most Promising Actress Renee Zellweger Nominated
Critics Choice Awards Best Picture N/A Nominated
Best Actor Tom Cruise Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. Won
Best Child Performance Jonathan Lipnicki Won
Breakthrough Artist Renee Zellweger Won
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Picture N/A Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. Won
Directors Guild of America Awards Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Cameron Crowe Nominated
Empire Awards Best Director Won
European Film Awards Screen International Award Nominated
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Tom Cruise Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical N/A Nominated
Best Lead Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Tom Cruise Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Cuba Gooding Jr. Nominated
Hochi Film Awards Best Foreign Language Film Cameron Crowe Won
Humanitas Prize Awards Feature Film Category Nominated
Motion Picture Sound Editors Awards Motion Picture Feature Films: ADR Editing Won
MTV Movie + TV Awards Best Movie N/A Nominated
Best Male Performance Tom Cruise Won
Best Breakthrough Performance Renee Zellweger Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Best Video from a Film for "Secret Garden" Bruce Springsteen Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture Cuba Gooding Jr. Nominated
National Board of Review Awards Top Ten Films N/A Won
Best Actor Tom Cruise Won
Best Breakthrough Performer Renee Zellweger Won
National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Tom Cruise Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Comedy/Musical Picture James L. Brooks
Cameron Crowe
Laurence Mark
Richard Sakai
Best Original Screenplay Cameron Crowe Nominated
Best Actor Tom Cruise Nominated
Best Comedy/Musical Actor Won
Best Supporting Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. Nominated
Best Adapted Song "Secret Garden" Bruce Springsteen Nominated
PEN Center USA West Literary Awards Screenplay Cameron Crowe Won
People's Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture N/A Won
Satellite Awards Best Lead Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Tom Cruise Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Cuba Gooding Jr. Won
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Renee Zellweger Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Tom Cruise Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Cuba Gooding Jr. Won
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Renee Zellweger Nominated
Writers Guild of America Awards Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Cameron Crowe Nominated
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film - Actor Age Ten or Under Jonathan Lipnicki Won
YoungStar Awards Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Drama Film Nominated

The film's screenplay was later voted the 66th greatest ever written in a poll by the Writers Guild of America.[18]

Home mediaEdit

Jerry Maguire was first released on VHS and Laserdisc on May 29, 1997. It is the best-selling non-Disney VHS tape of all time, with over 3 million copies sold on the first day and another 1 million on the second day and sold 1 million copies each day, including Blockbuster Video, Hollywood Video, Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy and many other rental stores/retail chains.[citation needed] The previews shown before the movie were My Best Friend's Wedding, Men in Black and Starship Troopers. It was re-released on VHS around late 1999, without any of the aforementioned previews.

The film was first released onto DVD on June 24, 1997 and around 2002 respectively in both a standard edition and a two-disc "Special Edition". While the standard edition contains no special features, the two-disc edition primarily includes deleted scenes, commentary tracks, featurettes, and a music video for Bruce Springsteen's "Secret Garden." The film was later released onto Blu-ray on September 9, 2008, with the same special features found on the second disc of the DVD "Special Edition."[19] in 2008, The film was triple packed with A Few Good Men and Born on the Fourth of July by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment/Universal Pictures Home Entertainment in United Kingdom only. The film was double featured with A Few Good Men on DVD on December 29, 2009. Jerry Maguire was chosen to be released in 4k as part of the Columbia Classics Collection: vol. 1 alongside Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Dr. Strangelove, Lawrence of Arabia, Gandhi, and A League of Their Own on June 16, 2020. [1]


Jerry Maguire spawned several popular quotations, including "Show me the Money!" (shouted repeatedly in a phone exchange between Rod Tidwell and Jerry Maguire), "You complete me," "Help me help you," "The key to this business is personal relationships" and "You had me at 'hello'" (said by Renée Zellweger's Dorothy Boyd after a lengthy romantic plea by Jerry Maguire), and "Kwan," a word used by Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Tidwell meaning love, respect, community, and money (also spelled "quan" and "quawn") to illustrate the difference between himself and other football players: "Other football players may have the coin, but they won't have the 'Kwan'." These lines are largely attributed to Cameron Crowe, director and screenwriter of the film. Zellweger said of filming the famous "hello" line, "Cameron had me say it a few different ways. It's so funny, because when I read it, I didn't get it — I thought it was a typo somehow. I kept looking at it. It was the one thing in the script that I was looking at going, 'Is that right? Can that be right? How is that right?' I thought, 'Is there a better way to say that? Am I not getting it? I just don't know how to do it.'"[20] Brandt stated in 2014 that "I definitely noticed an uptick of young people becoming interested in the agent business after Jerry Maguire".[17] "Some of what happened to the agent industry would have happened without 'Jerry,' but definitely not as fast as it did," noted Peter Schaffer, who has been a sports agent since 1988.[21]

In June 2008, AFI revealed its "Ten Top Ten"—the best ten films in ten "classic" American film genres—after polling over 1,500 people from the creative community. Jerry Maguire was acknowledged as the tenth best film in the sports genre.[22][23] It was also voted by AFI as #100 on its list of 100 Passions.[24] The quotes "Show me the money!" and "You had me at 'hello'" were also ranked by AFI on its list of 100 Movie Quotes, ranked #25 and #52 respectively.[25]

American Film Institute Lists

In June 2010, Entertainment Weekly named Jerry Maguire one of the 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years.[26]

In 2017, the NFL, to commemorate the film's 20th anniversary edition, produced two "A Football Life" mockumentaries, detailing the careers of Rod Tidwell and Frank Cushman after the events of the film. Beau Bridges, Jay Mohr, Jerry O'Connell, and Aries Spears reprised their roles from the film, along with Roy Firestone and several real-life sports figures, including Shaquille O'Neal. According to the fictional history, Cushman retired after only four years due to a severe case of athlete's foot, and devoted himself to charity work with children with the same affliction; Tidwell was offered an even more lucrative contract, but declined, declaring that the "quan" was not there, and he preferred to devote more time to his family. The Tidwell mockumentary also features an adult Ray Boyd, inspired by Jerry and Rod to own his own boxing gym.


The motion picture soundtrack CD includes:

1."Magic Bus"Pete TownshendThe Who7:35
2."Sitting Still Moving Still Staring Outlooking"Warren DefeverHis Name is Alive3:21
3."Getting in Tune"Pete TownshendThe Who4:46
4."Pocketful of Rainbows"Fred Wise, Ben WeismanElvis Presley3:15
5."World on a String"Neil YoungNeil Young2:25
6."We Meet Again" (theme from Jerry Maguire)"Nancy WilsonNancy Wilson3:04
7."The Horses"Rickie Lee Jones, Walter BeckerRickie Lee Jones4:48
8."Secret Garden"Bruce SpringsteenBruce Springsteen4:28
9."Singalong Junk"Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney2:36
10."Wise Up"Aimee MannAimee Mann3:29
11."Momma Miss America"Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney4:05
12."Sandy"Nancy WilsonNancy Wilson4:40
13."Shelter from the Storm (alternate version)"Bob DylanBob Dylan6:00
Total length:54:32

Music not on the soundtrackEdit


"Secret Garden," originally a Bruce Springsteen track from 1995, was re-released in 1997 after its exposure in the film and on the soundtrack, and peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100.[28][29]

The film was scored by director Crowe's then-wife, Nancy Wilson,[30] who is a member of the rock band Heart.

See alsoEdit


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